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1. Blackbird and Henry3016 Guadalupe St, Austin
2. Odd Duck1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin
3. laV1501 East 7th St, Austin
4. Due Forni106 E Sixth St, Austin
5. Half Step75 1/2 Rainey St, Austin
6. Garage503 Colorado St, Austin
7. The Silo on 7th1300 E 7th St, Austin
8. Container Bar90 Rainey St, Austin
9. Porter Gastropub3715 S 1st St Ste A, Austin
10. The Hightower1209 E 7th St, Austin
Blackbird and Henry are bringing a touch of class to the Campus area with this upscale neighborhood tavern.
Communal seating, an expansive patio, and an open kitchen (the view is best from the bar) abet in the casual atmosphere at Odd Duck -- a second concept from the team behind Barley Swine -- on South Lamar Boulevard. Antithetical to its atmosphere, Odd Duck's menu features upscale, intricate dishes inspired by the daily pick at the local farmer's market, and thus the menu shifts with the Texan seasons. Odd Duck features craft cocktails, craft beer, and wine to pair with its flavor- and ingredient-forward dishes. If you happen upon the pimento cheeseburger, get it.
An impressive wine list, intriguing dishes like Wood Oven Bouillabaisse with squid, clams, and blue prawn, and a complimentary valet make laV the ideal spot to go when you want to feel like a celebrity... then treat yourself to a Meyer Lemon Cream and feel like a slightly larger celebrity.
Due Forni is a casual pizza and wine spot where you can watch spaghetti Westerns and choose between pies from one of two ovens -- a Roman oven turning out thin and crispy-crusted 'zas, and another Neapolitan oven making a thicker, softer bread.
The inside of the little blue house that is Half Step is dark and lined in tea-stained wall paper. Cool off with one of the meticulously crafted cocktails, like the NOLA-born Sazerac (rye whiskey, sugar, Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe rinse), and remember what the glowing sign that greets you on the way in says: "You earned it."
One of the most exciting drink menus in Austin is also one of the most hidden. Keep your eyes peeled as you head to dark, industrial Garage: it's tucked inside the parking garage on Colorado and marked by a turquoise neon sign. Feeling something citrus-y and herbal? Go for the Indian Paintbrush (vodka, grapefruit, lime, rosemary). Looking to go bold? Consider trying the Forked Tongue (sotol, jalapeno, lime, green chartreuse, saline).
The Silo has super affordable burgers and brews (like Deep Ellum) that you can enjoy on their rooftop.
This Rainey St spot lives up to its name, made of repurposed and stacked shipping containers with an awesome series of multi-level outdoor decks. Check out some live music or just enjoy a cocktail in the open air.
Porter Gastropub brings everything you could possibly want to South First -- 30 drafts, burgers with Brie, and pierogies.
The dishes at High Tower -- a friendly neighborhood spot in East Austin -- run the gamut from Tex-Mex to Asian, and though their flavor and presentation could compete with the best of Austin's white-hot culinary scene, they're still affordable enough to order any night of the week, not just for special occasions. Grab a spot on the outdoor patio and try the ever-popular and comforting roasted pork jowl, a Korean hot pot filled with rice, egg yolk, cucumber, pickled shallots, and house Sriracha. Another favorite? Grilled scallops with avocado and grapefruit.